Report: NSA can alter computers not connected to Internet

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The National Security Agency has sneaked software into nearly 100,000 computers around the world, the New York Times reports, allowing the U.S. to spy on adversaries such as Chinese army hackers, the Russian military and Mexican drug cartels and launch cyberattacks if need be.

“NSA’s activities are focused and specifically deployed against — and only against — valid foreign intelligence targets in response to intelligence requirements,” Vanee Vines, an agency spokeswoman, tells the Times.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the spy program, dubbed Quantum, is its ability to harness old technology to get inside computers not hooked up to the Internet. The secret? Radio waves. Continue reading

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